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Thursday 30 March 2006 4.01pm
[split from the ongoing Potters Fields thread] - JH

Do you mean ?

This is the official website of the regeneration of the park, which oddly enough STILL says "new site coming soon". Perhaps the new site will be launched only after the park has been rebuilt....

I may have asked before, but does anyone have the actual details of how the new park will look, or do we have to wait until the bulldozers have moved away. So much for public consultation it seems.

edited to improve my grammar.... edukeshun not been like wot it ort to
Friday 7 April 2006 7.39am
I was mildly concerned this morning to see all the trees in Potter's Field on the side closest to the river have suddenly sprouted white crosses. Does anyone know if this means they're for the chop?
Thursday 6 April 2006 11.57pm
I know the trees are staying, new shrubs at the Tooley street end and 2.8 million being spent. Will close at Easter and be closed until December.:)
Night night
Friday 7 April 2006 2.31pm
Pool of London just sent this round:
Friday 7 April 2006 6.41pm
I think the trees are staying.
Saturday 8 April 2006 12.20pm
I've split this off from the thread about the Berkeley Homes/coach park site, as people tend to get very confused between that and the park.

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Monday 10 April 2006 7.19am
I do hope the trees are staying however having watched More London (I know, different estate) cut down a tree, do some work on cables under the ground where the tree was and then replant a new tree, I don't hold out much hope...
Thursday 13 April 2006 6.30am
I honestly thought that the potters field was a burial place for tramps, vagabonds and poor people who had no one else to bury them.....I had not realised there was a pottery there as well!
Thursday 13 April 2006 8.08am
The 1799 map of Southwark ( shows that it's called St. John's Burying Ground and is attached to St. John's at the top of Fair Street/Church Row. It's also shown in the 1862 map ( I can't find a record for what happened to the park (and thus the bodies) after that, until the Ecology Park was established in the mid/late 70s? However there are a few gravestones left in Potters Field, leaning up against the wall on the Tooley Street end of the park, behind a bush.

I believe it's known as Potter's Field because one of the industries surrounding the cemetery was pottery, thus a lot of the buried were potters.

There was also a poor school in the park (St. John's Charity School).

There may also be some issue with St. Olave which was on the South side of London Bridge many years ago (roughly where St. Olave's House now is) and it may have been used as a cemetery for St. Olave's as well? In the map dated 1746 it's listed as St. Olave's Church Yard (, so perhaps later St. John's was established?

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